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It often seems that many prominent people of the past are wronged by often-repeated descriptions, which in time are taken as truth. The same is also true of events, which are frequently presented in a particular way when there might be many alternative viewpoints. This blog is intended to present a different perspective on those who have often been lost in the myths of history.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Kaiser Wilhelm's True Opinion of Hitler

A lot of criticism has been made of the support given to Hitler and his party by some Germany royalties. It has always seemed incorrect to accuse

the royalties in this way since at first most of them were unaware (as were the rest of the German people) of the extent of Hitler’s evil plans and, following the total humiliation and bankrupting of their country in 1918-1919, they saw any form of strong leadership as a means of restoring order and national pride. I came across an extremely illuminating article, however, which not only states Kaiser Wilhelm’s attitude towards Hitler but also demonstrates what I am sure was always his intention – even before the First World War – to create a cultured and peaceful nation. This article is an interview with the Kaiser in 1938, during his exile in Holland and I think it wipes away many of the myths of the man as a sabre-rattling war-monger.

This is what he says of Hitler:

“There is a man alone, without family, without children, without God....He builds legions but he doesn’t build a nation. A nation is created by families, a religion, tradition: it is made up out of the hearts of mothers, the wisdom of fathers, the joy and the exuberance of children. [Of Germany under Hitler he says]....an all-swallowing State, disdainful of human dignities and the ancient structure of our race, sets itself up in place of everything else. And the man who, alone, incorporates in himself this whole State, has neither a God to honour nor a dynasty to conserve, nor a past to consult....
For a few months I was inclined to believe in National Socialism. I thought of it as a necessary fever. And I was gratified to see that there were, associated with it for a time, some of the wisest and most outstanding Germans. But these, one by one, he has got rid of or even killed....He has left nothing but a bunch of shirted gangsters....
This man could bring home victories to our people each year without bringing them...glory....But of our Germany, which was a nation of poets and musicians and artists and soldiers, he has made a nation of hysterics and hermits, engulfed in a mob and led by a thousand liars or fanatics....”


Interview with the Kaiser

It is often said that Kaiser Wilhelm was not very astute. Considering that he gave this interview in 1938 only a couple of months after Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich agreement with Hitler, it is clear that he had a far clearer understanding of what was forthcoming than many of his contemporaries did.

13 comments:

Matterhorn said...

Very interesting! I never knew of this side of the Kaiser.

Christina said...

Thank you, Matterhorn. I always have had a strong sense that the Kaiser has been greatly misrepresented and coming across something like this that shows him in a truer light is very illuminating to me.

Val said...

Thank you for posting this interview with the Kaiser. It's amazing to read his own words about the situation. If this doesn't clarify his views, I don't know what will....

Anonymous said...

Im kaiser william great great great great grandson been proven and have proof i wonder if people would think i was important there today?!?!

Anonymous said...

My fellow anonymous, that sounds like a lot of "greats", considering Wilhelm only died in 1941!

Kasia Cichecki said...

Actually, the Kaiser can have descendants as far as great-great grandchildren. His most famous great-great grandchild is Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, who is the current head of the House of Hohenzollern and the pretender to the defunct Imperial and Royal thrones of Germany and Prussia.

Anonymous said...

Can you please give us a reference for the interview and its source? Thank you.

Christina said...

It was published on 8th December 1938 in the
Geraldton Guardian and Express

Anonymous said...

His grandson, Prince Louis Ferdinand was a famous anti-Nazi who was a member of the German resistance as well as being aware of the July plot. He was also a friend of Roosevelt.

Paul Rogan said...

An interesting article along with some interesting comments.Enjoyed reading all. Thanks for posting.

Christina said...

Thank you, Paul.

Unknown said...

So your a Prince of my country!!!as a German monarchist I salute you!

But one more thing....you better not be lieing

Unknown said...

Not confirming or denying the ancestry, just stating that my 88 year old mother has great,great grandchildren and I would say if she were to live another 76 years (in relation to the Kaiser death) that she would easily have great great great great great grandchildren.